The Wait is Over!

Good news! The pilot for our 2-way English Channel relay, Mike Oram, called this morning to confirm that we will be meeting him in Dover Marina at midnight tonight with a view to starting our swim for about 1:00 am tomorrow. We’re all packed now and ready to go!

Photograph – Lisa Cummins

The Team! (left-to-right: Caitlin Desmond, Maeve Ryan, Eoin O’Riordan, Owen O’Keefe, Lynne Donnelly, Carol Cashell)

You can follow our progress on Twitter @CrosoigeMara and on our Facebook page. You can also track the boat on bit.ly/Gallivant or on the CS&PF website. Don’t forget that we are doing the swim in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and you can donate via our iDonate page. I’ll update when we’re done…

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My 2013 Plans

It’s a fairly quiet week and, to be honest, I can’t think of anything to write about. So to fill the gap, and maybe to put some pressure on myself, here’s a quick summary of my main goals for the 2013 season.

Assuming that the race is run under the same tidal conditions as it was last year, I’d love to complete the “Vibes & Scribes” Lee Swim in under 24 minutes. In theory, the swim is 2 km, though there is sometimes a little tidal assistance. I came a reasonably respectable 3rd with a time of 24:07.5 last year – I didn’t do a whole lot of training last year so I should be able to improve on this.

Logo – Maeve Ryan

Crosóige Mara Channel Relay Team 2013

The day after the Lee Swim, I’m heading to Dover with Crosóige Mara for our 2-way English Channel relay attempt in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. Most of us on the team swim at about 4 km/h in the open water so we are hoping to complete the swim in 24 hours (or under) and, in doing so, break the Irish 2-way relay record of 24 hours 4 minutes. I’m really looking forward to this!

While the rest of the team head home after the relay, I will stay in London to wait for a call to go to Jersey for my solo circumnavigation attempt. The Round Jersey swim is, technically, a 65 km swim. However, the swim is heavily tide assisted and a lot of swimmers tend to get faster times for this swim than they do for their English Channel swims. I’m hoping to complete the swim in under 10 hours – and beat Ned‘s time!

I might have one or two other long swims lined up for August but nothing’s confirmed yet. In September, I plan to do my first overseas race, the 6.5 km Marnaton series swim in Cadaqués, Northern Catalonia. I speak virtually no Spanish and even less Catalan, so thankfully, Mauricio and the gang from OWSwimming.com have offered to translate all of the race instructions for me!

August could be interesting, so keep an eye on the blog for updates…

Overnight Swim for Down Syndrome Ireland

In July of 2013, six swimmers (Caitlin Desmond, Owen O’Keefe, Maeve Ryan, Lynne Lynch, Carol Cashell and Eoin O’Riordan), collectively called Crosóige Mara, will attempt an English Channel 2-way relay crossing in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. We are very ambitious and are hoping to make lots of money for this great charity and break the Irish record for this swim by completing the 2-way crossing in under 24 hours…

Logo – Maeve Ryan

Crosóige Mara, Channel Relay Team 2013

In order to raise more money for the swim, Dolphin Masters SC are hosting an overnight pool swim. If you would like to take part, here are the details:

  • When: 21:00 on Saturday, 29th December to 05:00 on Sunday, 30th December.
  • Where: Mayfield Sports Complex, Cork (Northside).
  • Price: €20 for any 2 hours or €50 for the entire 8 hours.
  • Options: Swimming will be in repeat 100 m swims. You can swim for 8 hours, swim for 1 hour and rest for 30 minutes or do what you can when you can…
  • Lanes: Five lanes will be in use. There will be one lane repeating on 1:40, another on 1:50, another on 2:00, another on 2:10 and another lane for leisure…

Please note that you must be at least 16 years old in order to take part. Also, tea/coffee and snacks will be available but you will need to bring your own energy drinks if you want them. If you would like to take part, or have any questions, please send an e-mail to Carol Cashell on carolcashell@yahoo.com in good time…

Logo – DSI

Down Syndrome Ireland – providing information, advice and a voice for people with Down syndrome and their parents/guardians across Ireland.

You can follow Crosóige Mara on Twitter @CrosoigeMara and you can donate online through our iDonate page. Thanks to everyone for their support so far!